Billboard: Beyonce Makes History With Fifth No. 1 Album
Beyonce shocked the world with the surprise release of her self-titled fifth album last week. Since then, the album has taken the music industry by storm, and has conquered the Billboard 200 this week, as Beyonce debuts at No. 1 with 617,000 copies sold. This is a huge success in itself, but the singer has also made history with the chart-topping debut: Beyonce is now the first woman to reach No. 1 with her first five studio albums.
Beyonce is currently exclusive to iTunes, although other retailers will receive the album between Dec. 18 and 20, depending on how quickly the CDs travel from the distribution centers to retailers. But even without the support of non-iTunes retailers, the album has been one of the year’s biggest successes, and it’s possible the set could actually grow in sales numbers as its availability widens.
Of course, what’s funny about all this is that while the No. 1 album in the country is currently a digital exclusive, the No. 2 album is a physical exclusive. Garth Brooks‘s Walmart-exclusive box set, Blame It All On My Roots: Five Decades of Influences, falls to No. 2, but it’s not exactly bad news. The album actually saw a 17% sales increase from last week, selling 172,000 copies, which would have secured it another week in the top spot had Beyonce not dropped a music bomb on the world. This, of course, marks the first time the top two albums in the country have both been exclusive to just one retailer.
From there, the chart looks an awful lot like Christmas: Kelly Clarkson grabbed the No. 3 spot with Wrapped In Red which sold 136,000 copies, a boost of 21%. The increase is being credited to the “Kelly Clarkson’s Cautionary Christmas Music Tale” special that aired on NBC last week, as the holiday comedy premiere brought in 5.3 million viewers, and provided a platform for Clarkson’s festive set. Also keeping the holiday spirit alive is the Robertson clan, as Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas comes in at No. 6 with 108,000 copies sold, a 3% increase from last week.
At No. 4, R. Kelly debuts with his 15th top 10 album, as Black Panties sold 133,000 copies. This is the singer’s highest-charting album since Untitled, which debuted and peaked in this position in 2009. The new album also dwarfs the sales of R. Kelly’s last album, 2012’s Write Me Back, which peaked at No. 5 with 68,000 copies sold.
One Direction falls to No. 5 with Midnight Memories, which sold 123,000, although this is a 5% boost. Close behind One Direction and the Robertsons is Childish Gambino. Gambino, the rap persona of Community actor Donald Glover, earned his best sales week and highest charting debut yet. His second album, Because the Internet, took the No. 7 spot with 96,000 copies sold.
This beats out fellow rapper Eminem, whose The Marshall Mathers LP 2 slips to No. 8 with 83,000 copies sold. Katy Perry, however, increases her sales of PRISM, which settles in comfortably at No. 9 with 59,000 copies sold, a 15% bump.
Rounding out the top 10 is the soundtrack to Disney’s Frozen, which sold 56,000 copies and gave Disney its sixth top 10 film soundtrack.
You can check out the full top 10 below:
1. Beyonce, Beyonce (617,000 copies sold)
2. Blame It All On My Roots: Five Decades of Influences, Garth Brooks (172,000 copies sold)
3. Wrapped In Red, Kelly Clarkson (136,000 copies sold)
4. Black Panties, R. Kelly (133,000 copies sold)
5. Midnight Memories, One Direction (123,000 copies sold)
6. Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas, The Robertsons (108,000 copies sold)
7. Because the Internet, Childish Gambino (96,000 copies sold)
8. The Marshall Mathers LP 2, Eminem (83,000 copies sold)
9. PRISM, Katy Perry (59,000 copies sold)
10. Frozen: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, Various Artists (56,000 copies sold)